An often overlooked but important element of social media marketing is the use of hashtags. However, randomly inserting them without a purpose won’t help your business – at best it is distracting and at worst it may cause confusion. In order to really benefit your brand, hashtags need to be used with a solid strategy in mind.

Using #hashtags is a great way to expand your brand’s reach and engagement – but how do you use them to optimize your social media posts? 

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Though the communications landscape has certainly shifted and evolved in recent years, we’re here to tell you that the press release is still alive and well – and a critical component of your marketing mix. From giving your company or product a boost in credibility to spreading the word about new offerings or positioning you as an industry expert – press releases have the power to persuade. But how much thought are you really putting into them? It takes careful planning to leverage their immense potential, while balancing the message and getting it packaged to meet your goals – and achieve maximum impact.

Let's get going - click below for tips to ensure your next press release truly delivers.

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So you want to be a thought leader? Sounds great! I mean, who doesn’t want to be seen as an expert in their field? But what does that really mean – and how does one actually get there?

Becoming the top-of-mind, go-to entity in your field of expertise doesn’t happen overnight. Attaining this status takes a carefully-planned, multi-pronged approach. But never fear, nothing is out of reach, and it’s not as complicated as it seems. We’re here to help.

Ready to start gaining some clout in your field? Keep reading.

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The New Year is quickly approaching, so it’s likely you’re cataloging items to close out this year and begin anew in 2018. We’ve got one item that should be on your latest to-do list: get active on LinkedIn.

Social media was once an afterthought for busy business executives. While it still may be for many – it’s time you took advantage of the world’s largest professional networking site. With a user base consisting of 500 million people from more than 200 countries, it’s important that you become an active participant on LinkedIn to help steer the conversation about your company.

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Nothing can be more impactful in creating a brand and generating sales than a product review program. Published reviews by magazines, news sites, technology publications and blogs alike bring credibility to the product. Reviews are serious business and a negative review can be devastating – don't jump the gun just to land a review only to have to do damage control later. So what do you need? Every successful review program (no matter how good the spin is) starts with a rock solid product that performs as billed. The role of the review program is to provide a forum to let the product speak for itself.

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CES 2018 is nipping at our heels – it’s only 10 weeks away. That means we’ve entered a critical time in planning the PR for your trade show presence. If you're looking for a great PR and marketing partner to guide you through CES, you can't beat Lages. We have a full spectrum of tech experience working alongside everyone from startups to billion dollar enterprises. Our years of experience will get you the media attention and analyst connections you are looking for. Leave it to Lages to make you the talk of the show!

Here, we’re outlining all the elements you'll need to make CES a success.

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Think about your favorite media outlets. You know, the ones that show up at the top of your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter feeds every day. Now, picture them wanting to talk to you about your latest product launch/upgrade/channel partnership, etc. This is no pipe dream scenario – the right PR and marketing communications tactics will make this a reality. Are you ready? What will you say? Does the thought of connecting one-on-one with influential reporters and editors strike a bit of fear in you? Fear not.

We’re about to give you 5 tips to make your media interviews a breeze – and ensure that your message resonates. 

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Fall is here and the weather is changing – that means the year will soon come to a close. What better time than now to reflect on the notable achievements of the year – and look to the new market opportunities that are to come in 2018?

It’s such an exciting time to be in technology! This past year we saw adoption of smart home gadgets skyrocket, machine learning and virtual assistants go mainstream, automated cars began to share our roads with us, the sharing economy made many things ‘on-demand,’ and more.

No doubt you had your own big news and milestones in 2017. Now is the time to connect the dots, and tell your reflection story. 

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*Cue music* “It’s the finallllll countdown!” Pause…you can breathe (we have good news). You’re not in the final moments yet – but with Q4 nipping at our heels, it’s definitely countdown time to CES 2018. There are only 16 weeks to pull together all the key elements you'll need to make your CES a success.

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It’s an exciting time – you are prepping to launch a new product, your company direction has pivoted to reach a new market, you’ve secured funding, you have an amazing entrepreneurial story to share…the list goes on as to why you’ve engaged a public relations firm to guide you on getting the word out.

Before you jump in, it’s important to take a moment to consider the roles of all the players in the new adventure of connecting with media. It can’t be hard, right? People do it all the time from the cool start-up at your region’s most noted incubator to the established power players at Fortune 500 companies.

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